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Meeting in Wilderness Leads to Progress on Research into Plain-backed Thrush Complex!

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On 11-12 June, the Shanghai-based craigbrelsford.com birding team forwent sleep and sped 1500 km from Éméishān (Sichuan) to the Dúlóng Valley (Yunnan). We wanted to meet up with Per Alström. Per's team met ours on 13 June on the Dúlóng-Gòngshān Road, just below the Salween-Irrawaddy Divide. Using the hood of his jeep as a desk, Per and I opened our MacBooks, and Per copied over to me a recording he'd made of a bird in the Plain-backed Thrush Complex. Per's generosity inspired me. Per said, "I only have photos of thrushes I've captured. It would be good to have photos of the thrushes in their natural environment." "I'll do everything I can to get those photos!" I said. A week later, my team was back at the Divide.During a rare break in the rain, I stepped out and played the song Per had given me. After a few minutes, a "Plain-backed Thrush" called back.The thrush perched just 15 m from me, singing powerfully. I took dozens of photos and made three good recordings. Afterward, I texted Per and told him I had his photos of a natural "Plain-backed Thrush"! Back home in Shanghai, I sent the photos and recordings to Per. Per had little trouble determining to which of the new "Plain-backed Thrush" taxa th eindividual I met belongs. However, as Per's work on the complex hasn'tbeen published yet, Per has asked me to temporarily refer to my bird by the currently recognized binomial Zoothera mollissima. What a pleasure it was to find that "Plain-backed Thrush," and at such a remote,thrilling location! What a pleasure it was working with you, Per! I'll welcome the opportunity to work with you again. I've attached a picture of the meeting, taken by my partner Huáng Xiǎo Ān (黄小安): I'm on the left, my other partner Jon Gallagher's in the middle, and Per is on the right. The insets show the "Plain-backed Thrush" that I later photographed.  In the other photos of the thrush, I had to scar the photos heavily, to prevent theft. Thanks for your understanding.
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只看该作者 1  发表于: 2014-06-30
Here's a nice one showing the dramatic, still-snowy breeding habitat of the "Plain-backed Thrush."
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只看该作者 2  发表于: 2014-07-04
After reading this ,I find that I need to learn english again
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